‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? – Part 2

‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? – Part 2

April 28,2017

  ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY?  Yes, this is backstage at the Aveda Catwalk for Water Cincinnati event.  Ashley looked stunning in her umbrella skirt.  To her right are Sydney and my daughter, Tiffany, who both put this entire costume together, (with a little help from yours truly.)  Emily, my son’s fiance, won the “best makeup” award along with her partner David from the salon, also.  There’s a lot of creative talent at Mi Salon Spa.  The photo above was shot by Idajean Moore.  She and her husband Mike are co-owners of Mi Salon Spa.

Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt – Not Your Ordinary Challenge

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    The first step is removing the stretchers and the handle.  Yes, take a perfectly good umbrella and cut the handle out of it!  Open the umbrella completely and place upside down on your work surface.
   Using wire cutters, cut the stretchers, (the metal parts that stretch the umbrella open), close to the runner, (the part you push up the tube to open the umbrella), which will release the tension.  The umbrella will begin to collapse at this point.
   Cut the other end of the stretchers where they attach to the ribs.  By doing this, you should be removing each of the stretchers.   To release those, the first cut was close to the ribs.  Then, a second cut was made as close as possible to the part holding the stretcher on the rib.
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   With the wire cutters, cut the ribs close to the tube at the top.    Cutting close to the tube, try to cut a uniform circle around the canopy at the top of the umbrella, which will release the tube and handle. You should end up with a collapsed umbrella that looks like the picture below.  I wasn’t sure how much of the ribs I needed to use, so I left them long at first.
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   Pull the canopy up taut along each metal rib and secure with needle and thread just above where the stretcher was cut.  (This helps hold the lower part of the umbrella open.)
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    After all the ribs have been stitched to the canopy, set the umbrella aside and begin the waistband.
   I had a scrap of black satin left over from another sewing project and that is what I chose to use for this waistband.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Wanting the waistband to be two inches wide, I added 5/8″ at the top and 5/8″ at the bottom for seam allowance.  The piece of fabric was laid out and cut straight along the bottom cleaning up the edge.  Then,  with chalk, a 5 – 1/2″  line was marked along the folded fabric and then following the line cut with scissors.
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   Using the waist measurement I had taken earlier, 32 – 1/4″, I added 2-1/2″ to create a tab in the back, and 5/8″ seam allowance for each end of the waistband.   The resulting 5 – 1/2″ wide piece of fabric was cut to a 36″ length.
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Mark the middle front on the Pellon interfacing.  Remember to deduct the 2″ tab.  Just fold the entire length in half minus the tab measure.  You will need this when you pin to the umbrella.
Fold the waistband in half lengthwise.  Mark one end for a tab, which will lap under in the back.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Trim the interfacing along the tab edges to decrease bulk and get a sharper edge when turned right side out.
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    Turn right sides out and iron the waistband flat.  Take care to turn out the corners neatly.  Turn under one long edge 5/8″ and press with an iron.  
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     Open up one seam at the top of the umbrella canopy, by removing the stitches down to the top of one of the metal ribs where it was stitched to the canopy.   (I opened up the seam right above the velcro tab that holds the umbrella tight when not in use.  Then, it would be in the back, too.)  That seam will be in the back.  I didn’t add a zipper.  The back was covered by the black trash bag train.
    At this point, I just guessed about where the waistband would fit, chose an arbitrary measurement, and marked the top of the umbrella with straight pins all the way around.  Right sides together, the ends were pinned lining up to the openings and the center, which was marked earlier and that marking was centered on the middle rib.  Then, the waistband was pinned to the umbrella, right sides together.  
   The waistband was a little too long.  I moved the pins down another inch.  Perfect.  This time, more pins were used and every seam was opened up down to the top edge of the waistband.
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   Measure from where the umbrella was cut at the top, making sure the line is pretty straight and equidistant from the top.  Line up the ends of the waistband, leaving the tab extending from one edge of the back.  (I made this one left over right.)   Line up the mark for the middle front and position it at the rib opposite the one lined up for the back opening.
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   As you can see in the picture above, the seams were opened a little at the top to allow the waistband to be pinned and lay flat.  Leaving the top intact made it easier to be sure it was being pinned uniformly.  (As you can tell, I was cautious not to cut something off before I knew it was not needed!)
    First, baste the waistband onto the umbrella, making any adjustments if necessary.  Then, stitch the seam.  
   At this point, I decided to cut the ribs to fit right up against the bottom edge of the waistband.  Stretch one of the ribs out straight and up to the bottom edge of the waistband, cut the rib off.  Measure the length of that rib.  Then, measuring the same length from the bottom end of the rib, cut all of the ribs the same length.  (Be sure to measure from the bottom!  When the ribs were cut detaching the canopy from the tube of the umbrella, they were probably not all the same length!)
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   Wrap the ends of the ribs with black electrical tape.  After I cut the ribs, I noticed there were little metal shavings that were irritating my fingertips.  Not wanting Ashley to experience this annoyance as she was putting the skirt on, and, or wearing it, I put the black electrical tape to good use. 
Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   After cutting the ribs and taping them, the folded edge of the waistband was pinned in place and hand sewn.  Then, the ends of the ribs were tacked securely to the canopy seam at the top of the skirt.   Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
   Two pieces of Velcro hook and loop were cut slightly smaller than the 2″ width of the waistband.  The hook sides were sewn to the end of the tab, which would be facing away from the wearer and the loop side was sewn onto the end of the waistband, which would be facing toward the person wearing it.
   The rib on the back seam was wrapped with the pressed edge of that seam and overhand stitched to the canopy fabric, securing the rib.
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   At this point, the umbrella skirt should look like this!  Note that the Velcro loop is on the back side of the skirt.
   Now, to create the look of an opened umbrella, we need that 20″ hula hoop purchased from The Dollar Tree that was painted black in “Looking for a ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY? part- 1!
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   With needle and thread, attach the hula hoop to each of the ribs on the skirt where it will best open and stretch the ‘umbrella’ out to appear ‘open’.
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   Tiffany and Sydney made this train for the costume from trash bags!  Don’t the trash bag roses look neat?  They used a variety of black bags in different shades of black.  In the end, it was bustled at the top and attached to the waistband of the umbrella skirt in the back.
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   Thanks to Idajean for sharing her photos!  This picture shows off the ‘Pow’, which Tiffany made from felt and attached to the other umbrella she ordered from Amazon.Making A DIY Umbrella Skirt - Not Your Ordinary Challenge on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
      As you may be able to tell, I was flying by the seat of my pants on this one, but in addition to all the extra work done by the girls, it turned out beautiful, don’t you think?  Hope this inspires you, too!
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Cosplay Batman’s Female Penguin Costume DIY – Part 1

Cosplay Batman’s Female Penguin Costume DIY – Part 1
April 26, 2017
  Looking for a ‘Cosplay Batman’s Female Version of the Penguin Costume’ DIY?   Well, Making a DIY Umbrella Skirt and Waist Cincher is Not Your Ordinary Challenge!  However, this challenge was presented to me by my youngest daughter, who is an extremely good hair stylist at Mi Salon Spa. (No bias here at all.  Although, I will say that I have had many more compliments on my hair since she has been in charge of my color, cut, and hairstyle.)  
 Mi Salon Spa is the largest salon and day spa in Northern Kentucky.

   The salon was participating in the Aveda Catwalk for Water Cincinnati.  Two teams from the salon were designing costumes made mostly from recycled or recyclable items.

   Tiffany had decided to do a female version of the Penguin.  They were to recreate a Cosplay Comic book character.  She didn’t want to do what would ordinarily be expected.  You, know Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, etc.

Female Penguin Costume DIY

    Anyway, Ashley, the model above came to our home, where I measured her waist and planned how to transform one of the umbrellas, which Tiffany had bought on Amazon, into a skirt.   (We are an Amazon affiliate.  If you purchase from this link, we will receive a small percentage of the sale.  Thanks for supporting this website.)
   Sydney had already made the top hat out of cardboard.  They needed black electrical tape to cover the cardboard.  We had that.  (You can see in the picture below, Tiffany had sketched out her idea.  She is very artistic in her own right!)
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‘Cosplay Batman Penguin Costume DIY’


   Then, they needed a purple ribbon to use for a band on the hat.  We had that upstairs in my ribbon stash.

Chopstick Waist Cincher

   They had decided to make a waist cincher from chopsticks, which they had brought with them.  We puzzled over how to string the sticks together.  At first, I suggested we could just drill holes in each of the chopsticks and run a string through those.  Then, came up with the idea of weaving them together, which seemed like an easier option.
   We measured how long the individual chopsticks needed to be to fit nicely at Ashley’s waist without spearing her above or below.  Then, the girls wove kite string under and over the sticks from one end to the other making several rows.  It held together nicely.
  But, we had to cut the sticks then.  My thought was to use a miter box and a miter hand saw. How difficult could that be?  Well, a little more difficult than you might think!  We finally, with a combined effort, cut through the chopsticks and you might have guessed, the sawing had taken its toll on the weaving job.
   No big deal, just weave again.  The girls straightened and arranged the sticks along the edge of a ruler taped to the counter.
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Waist Cincher

    Then, they began to weave.  It was difficult to weave under the sticks laying on the counter.  I suggested positioning them just over the edge, which helped a little.

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Making The Waist Cincher – ‘Cosplay Batman Penguin Costume DIY’

     Ultimately, Tiffany asked if I had any Styrofoam board.  Well, it just so happened I did and I quickly retrieved it from the basement storage room.

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Waist Cincher


    The ruler was held in place by a few of the chopstick ends, which were to be discarded.  The pointed ends were poked through the Styrofoam pieces and the ends, which would lie at the waist, faced upward.   This worked pretty well and the girls had them woven together in no time.

   I asked how they were going to fasten it together in the back and even suggested ‘macrame’.  They were not jumping on that bandwagon.  So, I suggested weaving a ribbon or two through the sticks and leaving ends to tie in the back.  That seemed more palatable to them.
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Wasit Cincher


   The Styrofoam worked nicely and they had rewoven it for the fourth time, I believe, and the final time.  We had to laugh at some of our bumbles, but in the end, it did look pretty neat!

   We were brainstorming about a monocle and I just happened to remember I had a Tupperware cap for cola bottles.  Retrieving it from a drawer with plastic lids, etc., I saw a clear plastic water bottle cap.  I showed it to the girls and Sydney held it up to her eye.  Yes!
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The Monocle

 Black Paint

   It was a little large and exaggerated, but we liked that!  It was lightweight.  So, using spirit gum, it could be glued to Ashley’s face.  A little bit of black paint first and it would be good to go!

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Spray Paint The Elements Black

    The chopstick waist cincher, the plastic ring, and a hula hoop were all sprayed with black paint.   Using Krylon Colormaster Fusion for Plastic black spray paint, several thin coats were used, versus one heavy coat.  (You want to avoid drips!)  You can see the orange of the hula hoop.  The use for the hula hoop will be explained later!

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Hair Foil Sheets?    

   The girls glued hair foil sheets to a black bra to create her stunning top.  They also hot glued shapes cut from black and white felt to resemble feathers to a couple of old shoulder pads, which I had saved.  At the top of one of the shoulder pads, they glued small mirror tiles for some flash.  You can see it in the top picture and the picture below. Unfortunately, I did not get a close-up of it!'Cosplay Batman Penguin Costume DIY - How to. on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
    This was a stunning outfit if you ask me!  What do you think?  Anyway, be sure to come back!  The complete detailed instructions for transforming an umbrella into a skirt and a closeup of the black trash bag train will be included in my next post.
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A Few Tips For A Great Halloween Night!

A Few Tips For A Great Halloween Night!

October 31, 2016

Halloween Night And Pirate Costume – Part 2

   Halloween costumes finished, food ready, and ‘A Few Tips For A Great Halloween Night!‘ guarantee a scary Halloween night of fun for all!

# 1 Tip – Have the costumes finished at least a couple of days before Halloween and help create the vision of the character the kids choose to be!


       The ‘pirate costume’ was ready a couple of days before Halloween and it turned out great!  Sophia said it was her favorite costume yet.  She and I conspired together to create her vision of this DIY pirate costume.  The easy DIY tricorn hat, which was finished a couple of weeks ago, was the pièce de résistance.  Her brown boots laced up the back and were a great addition to the pirate look.

   We ended up just turning up a quarter-inch hem on the dress, deciding against the high-low look.  We also nixed adding more lace to the skirt.  Sophia said she really loved the dress just like it was.  Agreeing with her, I was also a little concerned that the dress might ride up and if we had shortened it in the front, that would not be good.

   The over skirt was just shortened by cutting, (No hemming necessary!  Love that!), and the front edges were rounded slightly leaving the bulk of this beautiful fabric. 

   We found the octopus pendant at Michaels Arts & Crafts store.  We just added a chain.  I had considered adding the octopus to the hat on one side, but Sophia wanted it as a necklace.

  A suede lace was laced through the grommets of the waist cincher.

   Aidan had decided he wanted to be a member of the (Special Weapons and Tactics), S.W.A.T. team.   This was a relatively easy costume to assemble.  The S.W.A.T. hat was found at the local Halloween store.

    We bought a black zip-up sweatshirt and black pants. (Aidan can wear both of these for every day.)  We found a black tactical airsoft vest at Dick’s Sporting Goods.  It was a little big at the shoulders, so I pulled up and folded about 3/4-inch of the front at the shoulders to the back and stitched the edges and across the shoulders.  Fortunately, the side straps were adjustable.  

   We also found a pair of protective paintball gloves, which Aidan will also use in the future since he is big into paintball.

    The white embroidered letters were found at Hobby Lobby.  They had adhesive on the back, but it was necessary to slipstitch around the edges to secure to the netting on the back of the vest. 

   A little warning about the letters!  I went to two other craft and fabric stores and several of the letters were already sold out!  I did not realize what a run there would be on embroidered letters!  Then I remembered Hobby Lobby and we bought the last ‘S’ in their store!   If you are buying letters, do this early!


   The green Nerf gun Aidan has was sprayed with a few coats of black spray paint.  The orange on the tip, the side, the reload clip, and the top, were taped off and left orange for safety.

   Involving the kids in the whole costume making process is important.  It didn’t come together overnight.  We searched online for some of his items and went shopping for others.  Since he chose it, he was pretty happy with his costume, too.

Tip #2 Candy Container

   In the past, we used a medium-sized basket to hold candy for the trick-or-treaters.  We continually replenished the supply.  Last year, we decided to use a plastic basket from the dollar store, which holds all of the candy.  It’s orange, perfect for Halloween, and really works well.

    We started the evening with a full basket and these few pieces of candy were all that was leftover. 

Tip #3 Carving the pumpkins

   Since the grandkids were coming to our house for Halloween, Dave cleaned out and prepared the pumpkins for them to carve after school.

  They were excited to carve the pumpkins they had chosen the week before.  The little carving kits available today are safer than the knives we used years ago.  We have a pretty good assortment of tools for them to use.  It was interesting to see their masterpieces.


 Tip #4  Food!

    Knowing that there will be an abundant amount of candy consumption on this night, we always have good food ready to go when the family and friends arrive. Having full bellies, the kids are less likely to overload on the sweets.  It has become a tradition here to have the crock pot full of chili, hot and ready to go, for everyone.


    Our homemade chili recipe is quick and easy.  It can be made the night before and reheated before serving.  (We make two pots of this chili to be sure we have enough.)

   Bowls and mugs are set out to self-serve the chili.  It’s easier to take the mugs outside, weather permitting, and enjoy the parade of trick-or-treaters.  Shredded cheese for the chili, crackers, and butter are also made available.

    There is also a vegetable platter full of celery, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and ranch dip.  Hard to resist, the kids start snacking on those as soon as they come into the house.

   We also have plenty of milk to serve the kids!  Milk is good with chili, but it is perfect for chocolate, too!

    The kids sit at the kitchen table, go through, and sort their stash of trick-or-treat candy before they head home.  We get to enjoy their tales of the night and the episodes that they enjoyed.  It’s a calm ending to an exciting day.

    A Few Tips For A Great Halloween Night could help cut down on Halloween Chaos!


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DIY Pirate Costume – How To – Your Little Girl Would Love This

DIY Pirate Costume – How To – Your Little Girl Would Love This

October 27, 2016

Part 1 -DIY Pirate Costume

    Your Little Girl Would Love This DIY Pirate Costume, too!  My granddaughter, Sophia, has decided she wants to be a pirate for Halloween.  Remember, she and I had planned on making a ‘voodoo doll’ costume, but her mother nixed that one?  


   Well, she finally decided upon a ‘pirate costume’.  The tricorn pirate hat in an earlier post was for this costume.  It turned out so beautiful!

  She already has some brown boots to wear.  We decided to use black and brown for the costume.  There is brown trim on the hat and brown in the fabric for the waist cincher.

   First, I made a little white dress from this McCall’s pattern and some leftover white fabrics I had.  Yes, I said ‘fabrics’, plural.  I found some white fabric that seemed to suit the top well, but there wasn’t enough to make the skirt from it, too.  

   Then, I remembered I had some white satin fabric, found it, and made the skirt from it.  The pattern instructions were followed for the most part for the dress, except for adding lace to the neck and sleeves. 

    The lace was added before inserting the elastic.  The lace was stitched up to the opening for the elastic, cut long enough to cover the opening.  The elastic was sewn together, the loose lace was stitched on top of the stitching. 

   Now, it awaits Sophia’s return so we can adjust the hem and finish it.  Some additional lace will adorn the skirt, too.


    While this pattern has overskirt patterns, which we could have used, we found this beautiful gathered black fabric!

 We could imagine this as an overskirt, shorter in the front and longer in the back.

    This pattern has a cumberbund, but I used an adult pattern for a waist cincher and cut it out of muslin first.  (I couldn’t find a waist cincher pattern for little girls.)  The seams were sewed up and I actually pinned this to Sophia’s top with the seams out.  (The cincher uses laces, which I obviously didn’t make for the muslin version.)  Adjustments were made, taking in a little here and there.

   At first, the plan was for the laces to be tied in the back, like the pattern.  Since we planned for the two sides of the black fabric to come together in the front, the plan changed.  The back of the muslin was stitched together and the front was cut in half and a seam allowance was added.

    You can see that I wrote right on the muslin so I would remember to cut out the back on the fold and which piece was the back, the side, and the front.  The front was drawn out on paper and re-figured.

   The new front piece drawn on the paper was used to cut the faux-leather fabric and the lining fabric.  The rest of the pieces from the muslin were used as patterns to cut the remaining pieces.

    Black fusible interfacing was also cut for the two front sections and ironed on for added support for the grommets.  Then, the brown fabric was stitched together.

   Some black satin fabric was used for the lining.  The pieces were cut and sewn together just like the brown fabric.  The seams were ironed and right sides together, the brown fabric and the lining were pinned and stitched, leaving the bottom edge open.


    The top and the front edges were understitched as much as possible so the facing would roll to the inside and not be seen.   Then, the waist cincher was turned right side out and ironed.  A pressing cloth was used to protect this faux-leather fabric.


    The black gathered fabric was laid out on the cutting board and cut straight.  The fabric was then divided into four equal sections across the top of the straight edge and marked with straight pins.  Two rows of basting stitches for the gathering were sewn the whole width of the fabric. 

   This fabric is nylon so it won’t unravel!  After sewing it to the top, all we have to do is cut it to the right length! 

   With the right sides together, the gathered edge of the skirt top was pinned to the bottom edge of the waist cincher.  The edges of the black fabric were pinned to the front edges.  The middle pin was pinned to the middle back of the waist cincher.  The other two pins were matched and pinned to the side seams.

   Then, the basting threads were pulled to gather, adjusted, and pinned.  The gathered edge was stitched to the waist cincher, leaving the facing loose.

  The facing was pinned to the cincher over the top of the gathered edge and sewn leaving an opening about five inches wide in the center back section.

   Then, the seam allowance at the corners was clipped to allow for sharp corners when turned out, the skirt was pulled through the opening, and the cincher was pulled right side out. The cincher was then pressed again.  The opening was pinned to the skirt and blind-stitched closed.


   The placement for the grommets was marked with straight pins and an awl was used to mark the holes.  The grommets were then applied with a grommet plier. ►How to Apply Grommets.

   Sophia comes today to try on the dress and we will decide on the hem length.  We will also cut the over skirt and decide whether to cut it up shorter in the front, creating a high-low look, or not.  Can’t wait to see it on her!…

  Part 2 – The reveal and finishing touches for this will follow this week, but I am sure Your Little Girl Would Love This Pirate Costume, too!


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How To Easily Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat!

How To Easily Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat!

 Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat!

October 20, 2016

   How To Easily Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat?   It is so simple you won’t believe it. This hat was most assuredly less expensive and nicer than those at the costume store.

    Sophia has decided she wants to be a pirate for Halloween this year.  She began sharing her idea of what the costume should look like.  She was insistent that she wanted this particular style of hat.  

    I searched for instructions on how to make a tricorn pirate hat and then remembered  I have a book on making historic hats.  Instructions for making a tricorn hat were in the book , but I also searched on the internet.  During the search, I realized it was simply made from a wide brimmed hat!  Seriously!

    Shopping at Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store, I stumbled across this black felt hat.  My concern for buying an adult hat was that it might be too big for Sophia.  This hat has a ribbon inside that allows you to tighten it!  Perfect!  The 50% off coupon I had was another bonus! It ended up being $7.50.

   *** (This picture was lightened so the ribbons were visible.)

    The first step for this makeover was adding trim.  Remember you have to add the trim to the underside in order for it to show when it is turned up and secured.

   The trim used for this hat is brown.  The leather-look fabric we chose for the waist cincher is also brown, which will coordinate nicely.  Her dress will be white with touches of lace and the overskirt will be this gorgeous gathered black fabric. You can see how nicely it will coordinate!

   The trim, which I had leftover from a curtain project, was glued to the outer edge starting at the back of the hat.    I didn’t want the place where both ends met to show in the front or on the side.  It actually met together nicely and is not overly apparent.  (Tacky glue was used for this.)

    The next step was turning up the brim in the middle of the back and hand stitching it with needle and thread to secure it.  A button with a shank was attached using the same thread and needle.  This covered up the thread where it was tacked, although, the thread was hidden in the trim pretty well.  The buttons just give a nice effect.

    With the back of the hat facing away from me, the sides were bent upward and pinned, creating a nice corner in the front.   A pin was inserted into both sides of the hat brim and into the crown to hold in position.

   Trying to match the same positioning of the button sewn on the back, the brims were tacked up and buttons attached at the same time.

    Seriously, how much easier could this be?  Black felt wide-brimmed hats should be easy to find this time of year.  The trim and buttons can be changed easily to coordinate with your own costume.  We could even add a white feather to this or some other baubles, but that will be left up to Sophia.  Can’t wait for her to see it!

   Anyway, if a pirate costume is on your agenda this year, you now know “How To Easily Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat!”   



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